Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for electrifying sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale Asian cuisine and sushi at Imperia.
The skills of executive chef Tatsu Aikawa culminates in a refined, innovative menu marked by an eclectic array of delectable Asian dishes. Once situated in a darkly elegant leather chair or a stretch booth, customers can begin their meal with a smoked-squid salad fortified with Japanese mountain veggies ($5.95) before snagging a small plate of chicken dumplings in a shiitake ginger broth ($8.95) or sampling the dragon-rib fried rice, whose grains are adorned with yuzu frizzled onions ($10.95). If sushi sets pleasure centers into an electrifying frenzy, try the 4138, a specialty roll of tempura shrimp and avocado hiding like nautical criminals underneath seared tuna and salmon ($14.95), or select a five-piece helping of freshwater-eel sashimi ($12).
Inside, the restaurant’s palatial atmosphere seduces the eye with bold burgundies, olives, and ochres, tastefully exposed brickwork, and vivid artwork depicting a tattooed human body. Instead of slapping your whiny stomach with a spatula again, fill it with Imperia’s regal eats to gently silence its complaints and restore a healthy, happy glow to its face.
Imperia was named one of 2009’s Top 10 Restaurants in The Austin Chronicle, and it received a favorable review on My FOX Austin. More than 150 Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average, and OpenTable reviewers give it a 4.5-star average.
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